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The Sabres have definitely taken a step forward.  You don’t add a former MVP in his prime and not be better for it. Also adding a 2c in Staal fixes the biggest hole left by the last administration.  I also like Eakin over Larsson as well.  However Issues remain like goaltending and LHD.

That said, who is the most improved team in the Altantic.  Montreal has added Anderson, Toffoli, Edmundson and Allen but lost Domi.

Ottawa added talent in the draft plus Matt Murray in net and Gudbranson and Brown on D.

Yzerman has been active in Det.  He has signed Garner, Ryan, Greiss, Namestnikov, Merrill plus acquired Marc Staal and drafted Raymond.  

Toronto added Brodie but lost Kapenan and Johnsson in the process.  Replaced them with Vesey, Bogo and Simmonds.  Not a great sign when you’re adding 3 ex-Sabres.

Boston added Craig Smith

Florida has added depth in Gudas,  Wennberg, Hornqvist, Verheaghe, but lost Brown and dumped some Pu.

Imho Montreal, Ottawa and Buffalo are the most improved.  Toronto D is marginally better but losing 2 talented depth forwards hurts.  Not sure what Florida is doing, Boston just has to tinker and TB is in cap hell

Montreal and Buffalo are neck and neck, but I’d give Montreal the edge because they addressed all 3 areas in need with the 2 star forwards, Edmundson on D plus Allen for Price’s backup.

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Detroit was a smoky tire fire last year.  They'll just be bad this year.  IMHO, they are the most improved but will still be irrelevant.

Of the 7 relevant teams, expecting Buffalo (should they improve the GT) or the Otters are the most improved.  Moe-ray-all needs Price to still be all world to have a shot at that title.  

TB will be worse but still the team to beat.  Bah-stan losing Krug & possibly Chara will hurt but will likely still be what they were last year assuming Rask is back in form.

The Loafs are treading water or possibly taking a small step backwards.

Not sure whether FL is improved or treading water.

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Will be interesting to see how Boston does after losing Krug, who is a really solid player. They keep getting older, but still have some serious talent 

I'd like to say Sabres improved the most but would like them to address the goaltending situation. 

 

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I don't think anyone at this point can match Hall+Staal-Johansson at the top end. Losing Krug and adding Smith appears to be the biggest loss in that area.

In general, it looks like the division is improving, pending what happens with the two Florida wingers.

Going to give this a while before taking a look. Still a few shoes to drop and I don't have a firm grasp of the secondary pieces.

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1 hour ago, GASabresIUFAN said:

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Toronto added Brodie but lost Kapenan and Johnsson in the process.  Replaced them with Vesey, Bogo and Simmonds.  Not a great sign when you’re adding 3 ex-Sabres.

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The analytics tell you that adding ex-Sabres leads to winning the cup. They added 3, it's almost a lock.

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To me it's Montreal.  They've had some nice additions, and the natural progression of Suzuki and Kotkaniemi as players should leave them in a really nice place.

I also think Brodie is a very nice addition for Toronto.  They've improved in my eyes through that move alone.

Ottawa and Detroit improved, but I don't think we need to worry about them at this point.

This division is going to be a gauntlet next year.

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If we just had a decent power play the trash team last year might of made the cut on that alone.  With a strong top 6 and probably a vastly improved power play, no reason to think we won't get in the playoffs albeit if we address the goaltending situation.

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'On paper', the Sabres have to be in the conversation. Bogosian, Vesey, & Simmonds (to a lesser extent, IMO) are addition by subtraction. Have fun with the Loafs, fellas.

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When you add an elite player (Hall) you're going to be the most improved. Prior to that I'd have said we have little chance of catching Montreal this year and Ottawa is definitely trending upwards but they have a ways to go. All their youth won't be ready at once. So us and Montreal are most improved.

I'm undecided on Florida but I don't actually think the Leafs are better. They might be worse. Depth and bottom end of that lineup is still pretty sketchy. 

Unless we have an injury meltdown we should make the playoffs. Finally. 

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